2 January 2019

Christmas gifts presented to Special Care Baby Unit by local students

Young people from Freeman College have presented nurses from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Jessop Wing hospital with gifts they created for babies being treated on the Unit over Christmas.

The handmade gifts were delicate pewter garlands that can be used as Christmas decorations. Every baby staying on the Unit will receive a garland, along with other small toys that will be placed in a stocking on the edge of their cot to help make their first Christmas special.


Julie Bathie, Sister at the Neonatal Unit, said:

“Christmas can be a difficult time for families with poorly babies staying on the Unit, but it is these little extra things that can make a difference. All of the gifts, including the pewter garlands have been funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity to help create a more festive atmosphere on the Unit.”

This is the fourth year that the Charity has commissioned gifts to be made by students with learning disabilities from Freeman College, which supports young people marginalised by disadvantage, exclusion or learning needs. Making the gifts for babies on the Unit provides an opportunity for students to work on something worthwhile and to experience being involved in a real commercial project.

Carole Baugh Curator Butcher Works Gallery & Arts Co-ordinator Freeman College, said:

“We transform the lives of our students through arts & crafts, practical work on the land and real work situations. It has been of particular educational benefit for Freeman College students to design and manufacture the Jessop Wing Babies’ Christmas decoration; a gift for babies in hospital over Christmas. Working on commissions for Jessop Wing for the past 4 years fosters a sense of purpose for our students and provides us with opportunities to contribute to the city’s culture.”

Sheffield Hospitals Charity provides year round support to the Special Care Baby Unit by funding areas that help to improve the care and treatment of babies.

Anyone wishing to make a donation towards the Unit can call 0114 271 1351 or visit www.sheffieldhospitalscharity.org.uk

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